Intern at CEFRES

Applications are open to all French-speaking and/or English-speaking students throughout the academic year.

The Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales is actively seeking interns for periods of one to several months. It offers the exceptional opportunity to work as part of a team of researchers in a laboratory based in Prague, under the joint supervision of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and liaising with researchers based in the four countries of the Visegrád group.

Internships may be scientific in nature (fieldwork or consulting archives as part of a research project, joining the centre’s scientific network, etc.) or administrative. In both cases, the aim of the proposed internship is to contribute to CEFRES’ scientific development missions and to provide support for the running of the research centre in collaboration with its team.

The trainee’s tasks will involve participating in the day-to-day running of the institution. The student will therefore be required to:

  • Help organise the centre’s activities: seminars, conferences, meetings, hosting researchers of all levels.
  • Contributing to scientific communication tasks: writing reports on CEFRES scientific events for the notebook, distributing the newsletter.
  • Spreading research: contributing to the running of CEFRES’ trilingual networks (editing, translation, publication), especially the CEFRES website and its social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram).
  • Assisting with the management of the library’s holdings: tasks relating to library services such as updating the inventory, labelling books and emphasizing the value of the collection.
  • Students can carry out their own fieldwork in Prague as part of their studies.

The course activities are based on an agreement between CEFRES and the trainees. They are agreed in advance between the trainees and their tutor. The trainee will be accompanied throughout the internship by a tutor: different tutors may take charge of the trainee depending on the theme or task chosen. The tutor is committed to taking the time to explain to the trainee the scientific methods and issues relating to his/her work.

Trainees are required to write a report on their experience and learning, in the form of either a scientific paper or a course report. This report will allow us to measure the knowledge acquired by the intern at CEFRES. At the end of the internship, the intern will receive a certificate from his/her tutor.

Desired profile

This internship is open to students enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme in the humanities and social sciences. Professional or personal experience in Central European countries as well as a good level of English. Any knowledge of Czech/Slovakian/Polish/Hungarian will be appreciated.

How to apply

Please send Claire Madl, Deputy Director of CEFRES ( :

  • a CV,
  • a covering letter, describing your project and your expectations in terms of learning and training, as well as the period considered,
  • a learning agreement from your university.

Applications can be submitted throughout the year, at least 3 months before the planned start date of the internship.

As part of its cooperation with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, CEFRES will be able to take on Master’s and PhD students from this faculty as interns from the 2016-2017 academic year. Internships last from one to three months and are awarded ECTS credits as part of their course (1 month-4 ECTS, 2 months-8 ECTS, 3 months-12 ECTS).

Candidates whose applications are selected will be invited to a virtual interview. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Eligibility for Erasmus+ internship grant

If the duration of your traineeship is 60 days or longer, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ traineeship mobility grant (SMT).

Please contact your school’s Erasmus+ Office for further informations.